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Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money has been allocated for (a) new school building and (b) school building repairs and improvement in north Somerset for each year since May 1997. 
Mr. Timms: A total of £1.1 million has been allocated since May 1997 specifically for new school building in north Somerset, based on the demand for new pupil places as assessed by north Somerset local education authority. The authority has been allocated a further £30.7 million for school building repair and improvement work, making a total capital allocation of £31.8 million. The following table shows the breakdown of the total amount allocated for each year since May 1997. Additional allocations for 200203 and 200304 will be made later this year.
|Financial year||New pupil places||Repair and improvement||Total capital|
Authorities' condition data, supplied to support the Department for Education and Skills' arrangements for appraisal of Asset Management Plans, are being validated with a view to publishing national benchmarking data later this year.
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of exclusions from schools that arose from drug-related incidents in each year since 1997. 
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Mr. Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of newly qualified teachers have left the teaching profession in each of the last five years for which information is available. 
|Financial year left service||Percentage of new entrants leaving|
(86) Teachers moving from the maintained schools sector to the Independent sector, FHE sector, miscellaneous or other non-school service or providing FE for adults are included as leavers.
Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the 200102 Education SSA for North Somerset Council would be if the real terms percentage increase were the same as the English national average; 
Based on North Somerset's Budget Statement (final outturn information is not yet available), total education revenue expenditure for 200001, net of special and specific grants, was £72.24 million. North Somerset's education SSA for 200102 is £74.51 million: at 200001 prices this is £72.69 million. This is £0.45 million or 0.6 per cent. more than North Somerset's budgeted expenditure for 200001.
Mr. Timms: Trainee teachers in England are required to pass the numeracy test to ensure that they have the necessary numeracy skills to carry out their professional roles effectively. In order to raise standards in schools and ensure that all children achieve their full potential, we need newly qualified teachers (NQTs) who possess these skills. Evidence from Ofsted has confirmed that the
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numeracy standards for a significant number of teachers in schools in England have not been good enough in the past.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason teachers who have qualified in Scotland or Wales are allowed to teach in England without passing the national numeracy test. 
|Bicester Community College||Technology1998|
|Didcot Girls High School||Technology1997|
|Henry Box School||Language2001|
|King Alfred's School||Technology1999|
|Lord Williams's School||Sports2001|
|St. Birinus School||Technology1997|
|Wheatley Park School||Arts2000|
Applications have also been received from Gillotts School and Bartholomew School for technology college status. This may not be a comprehensive list of unsuccessful applicants as there is no central record of all applications since 1994.
|Number of vacancies||Vacancy rate(87)|
(87) The vacancy rate is calculated by dividing the number of vacancies by the sum of full-time qualified regular teachers plus teachers on full-time secondment for a term or more.
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her most recent estimate is of the average salary of graduates in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Wales upon leaving education. 
Margaret Hodge: The annual survey of members of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, "Graduate Salaries and Vacancies 2001", reported typical starting salaries for newly qualified first degree graduates in the UK ranging
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from £12,000 to £32,000 in 19992000. The median starting salary for new graduates in 19992000 was £18,000 compared to £17,500 in 199899. Comparable figures for Wales are not available.
Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the levels of applications for performing arts courses and the funding available to such students; and if she will make a statement. 
Margaret Hodge: The level of applications for performing arts courses continues to be high. We do not collect national totals for applications. There were 9,662 full-time undergraduate drama students and 9,922 undergraduates of music in 1999. While we do not have figures for students applying for performing arts subjects in FE, the Arts continue to be one of the largest curriculum areas.
Students on HE courses which are designated for student support may apply for help with student fees and loans. Students on FE courses may apply for learner support funds and those aged 1619 in the 56 Education Maintenance Allowance pilot areas have access to the allowances.
Over 1,600 students are currently participating in the Dance and Drama Award Scheme which provides the standard HE support for fees and loans or maintenance to help with fees and living costs for those on the vocational route. Competition for these places continues to be high.
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